Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals—first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.
But when Samuel returns for his sister’s wedding with his new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega , the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart.
She discovers startling revelations about Samuel, about life…and about herself.
So when I started this book I really had no idea what to expect but the synopsis alone was able to suck me in and make me want to read this book.
We first meet the main character Kaye as she embarks on a life threatening journey along the crazy rapids. I do have to say that I don’t know much about rafting but I could tell from the reaction of the characters that this was dangerous and their not being happy at the events that were taking place. Since Kaye’s divorce she seems to have gone off the deep end of extreme sports and I wondered if it was part of her escape from reality or if it was really that she didn’t care much what happened to her. Kaye seemed a little bit self-destructive to me at times… Though she seemed on the outside to be in complete control she is ANYTHING but…
When faced with her ex husband Sam returning to town for his sisters wedding it becomes quite the controversy with Kaye… Not only does she have no idea what really went wrong with their relationship she embarks on a fact finding mission and she isn’t stopping till she has all the answers. The story of their life together is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. How could these two so passionate for each other and life and have so much in common fail so miserably at keeping their relationship together… The facts that unfold are nothing that you would expect. Most of it having to do with Sam’s past a past that even though she was his best friend growing up she had no idea about.
Kaye is one strong woman and Sam is such a lost broken man… I felt for him when his story was revealed in full disclosure but also upset with him because when you love someone you don’t do the things that he did and make amends easily… You have to work at it and fight for it, so I was truly happy that they didn’t just kiss and make up and go off into happy la la land… cause that was my biggest fear… You’ll have to read it to find out all the secrets and I think that overall you will truly enjoy this read. It’s well written and heartfelt and you will fall for Kaye and Sam and be rooting for them through the book. I’m not sure I like 100% where it ended… The only other complaint that I did have was the terminology surrounding the sports. I still am not sure I totally understand what a Hydraulic Level Five is… I get it that it’s a rapid of some sort but I’m not sure I totally understand what exactly that was and why it was so dangerous… but seriously that is the only criticism that I have of this read…
I gave this one 4 stars overall it was a good read and if you enjoy a good story this one could be for you!
Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads, weathered farm faces, and combine harvesters powering through cornfields. She also loves to explore the world, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States to coastal cities and national monuments. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures to Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Slovakia, Germany, and other European countries. Each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her childhood photo albums.
In 2002, Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, she realized a corporate marketing career wasn’t for her. With the unfailing support of her loving husband, she chose to pursue a career in freelance and creative writing, and received her MA from Iowa State University in 2009.
These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She also enjoys her piano, volunteering in her community, and reading anything with a cohesive plot. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa.